Harley D. Balzer

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Moscow has released an initial list of “undesirable organizations” that constitute a “threat to the foundations of the constitutional system of the Russian Federation, its defense capabilities and its national security.” Along with the Open Society Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute, the list includes the MacArthur Foundation.

The move, part of Vladimir Putin’s campaign to stifle civil society in Russia, comes as no surprise. What is surprising and depressing, though, has been the overall reaction of Western NGOs and Russian academics to the Kremlin’s action. As one who has been closely involved in efforts to improve ties between Russian and American scientists for more than two decades, I’ve seen few signs of serious protest against Moscow’s campaign to end a long and fruitful era of cooperation.…  Seguir leyendo »

Meeting colleagues in Moscow during the first week of July inevitably led to conversations about the 10 Russian agents arrested in America.

Some acquaintances noted that they had not done anything much different from what any think-tank analyst does. I had to point out that policy wonks and scholars generally use their own names and do not conceal their activities.

Setting up a big-time spy swap to resolve this scandal will make Russia’s leaders feel like they are back in the good old days of superpower parity. That might even make the entire episode worth the money for them.

Explanations for why 10 Russians were living in the U.S.…  Seguir leyendo »